Tag: Fall Protection

Working at Heights: Why the Risks of Occupational Accidents Still Fall on Deaf Ears

Falls from heights remain the biggest cause of occupational fatalities in the construction industry. According to a report by the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, 42% of deaths between 1982 and 2015 in construction involved falls; 54% of workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system; and 20% of fatalities…

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‘Deadly Skyline’: Construction deaths keep climbing in New York state, but fall in New York City

New York — Construction worker fatalities remain on the rise in New York state while continuing to decline in New York City, according to an annual report released by the advocacy group New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State, released Jan. 30,…

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Fall Protection Harness – Free Stock Photo

ATTRIBUTION REQUIRED: This fall protection image is free to use for all purposes including commercial use but you must provide a link back to atlantictraining.com as the source of the forklift image. Learn more.   Image Description: A fall prevention system in the form of a harness, lanyards, D-clips, locking snap hooks, lines, connectors, anchors and…

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Should workers’ comp benefits be reduced because worker didn’t wear PPE?

The question the court had to decide in this case: Did the worker intentionally not wear his PPE? Shawn Smith was an employee of Judy Construction in Kentucky. On Dec. 2, 2015, Smith fell about 40 feet from a bridge and suffered significant injuries to his spleen, bowels, head, wrists, elbow, knees, back, ribs and…

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Company pleads guilty to manslaughter, pays $852K in death of worker

A construction company has pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter for causing the death of a construction worker. Juan Chonillo fell 29 stories to his death on Sept. 21, 2017 at a construction site in New York City. SSC High Rise Inc. has paid $842,000 in restitution and a $10,000 corporate fine, the maximum permitted…

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Ways to Improve Construction Site Safety

The term “time is money” is quite literal in the construction industry. The constant pressure project managers and crews face to meet deadlines and stay within budget often causes safety to fall to the wayside. In 2016, out of 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry, one in five were in construction. Implementing each of these…

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OSHA offering free employer resources for National Safety Stand-Down

Washington — To help employers prepare for the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction , set to take place May 7-11, OSHA is offering a number of online resources. Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, according to NIOSH, accounting for one-third of the industry’s fatalities. Among the…

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Oregon Company Fined After Fatal Fall

Sayde Construction, Inc., an Oregon construction company, has been fined $115,740 after a worker fell nearly 20 feet from a house under construction in Ridgefield and died from his injuries. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries announced that it cited Sayde Constructions for seven violations after Rodrigo Baltazar-Martinez died following the April 2017…

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Safety groups: ‘Stand down’ to help protect construction workers

Washington – Construction employers are being encouraged to stop work and talk with employees about fall hazards and prevention as part of the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, set to take place May 8-12. Falls are the No. 1 cause of death among construction workers, accounting for 37 percent of…

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Engineering Company Fined After Falls From Elevated Platforms Injure Two Workers

Two employees suffered serious injuries when they were knocked off of the elevated platforms they were using to conduct service checks on the tail of an airplane. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard the case of the employees – an employee of Inflite Engineering Services and a worker from a temporary agency – who suffered broken bones…

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